VA-45 / VF-45

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Commander Michael D. Trout, United States Navy


After attending Canoe U, Ensign Mike Trout, United States Navy, entered Navy preflight training at Pensacola. A year and a half-later Mike won his Naval Aviator wings-of-gold and chose to fly Attack Aviation. He reported next to the VA-125 Rough Raiders Replacement Air Group (RAG) to learn to fly the A-4 Skyhawk.

In the fleet Mike flew the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk in Attack Squadrons such as the VA-195 Dam Busters and VA-93 Blue Blazers. As a Blue Blazer, Mike made two combat tours to Vietnam flying hundreds of combat missions over North and South Vietnam. In all Mike went down to the sea four times:
The 11-21-59 to 05-14-60 CVG-19 tour to West-Pac was on United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 where Mike had 122 A-4B traps.

The 04-26-61 to 12-13-61 CVG-19 tour to West-Pac was on United States Ship Hancock CV 19 where Mike had 47 A-4C traps.

The 01-05-67 to 07-22-67 CVW-5 combat tour was on United States Ship Hancock CV 19 where Mike had 89 A-4E traps.

The 01-27-68 to 10-10-68 CVW-5 combat tour was from United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 where Mike made 270 A-4F landings.
Early in 1974, Mike was assigned to VA-45 as Executive Officer. Commander Trout was XO for two years, being extended to allow returning Prisoner of War, Commander Leonard Hyatt, to re-enter a normal career pattern as the Blackbird Commanding Officer.
CO Mike standing behind the blackbird - smiling.

In May 1976, Commander Michael D. Trout United States Navy became the twentieth VA-45 Blackbird Commanding Officer.

On July 1, 1976, Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet charged Mike to develop and provide an Air Combat Maneuvering program for the Atlantic Fleet. This challenge was Mike's meat! Admiral J. L. Holloway III, the Chief of Naval Operations, recognized this when he awarded VA-45 the 1977 Naval Aviation Safety award and Plaque for the most outstanding safety record achieved among special mission squadrons in the United States Atlantic Fleet.

At the end of his career, Mike had 548 Traps recorded, with 243 of them at the end of a combat sortie. His totals included, 186 Traps in the "Foxtrot", 392 aboard CVA-31, and 135 aboard CVA-19.

In 1998, Mike emailed the Skyhawk Association Webmaster to offer information about the squadrons in which he flew. Soon Mike was in charge of gathering, organizing and presenting Skyhawk statistics. Later Mike took the task of recruiting and organizing Squadron Duty Officers (SDOs) for each of the hundreds of squadrons that flew the Skyhawk.

Little did correspondents know that Mike had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
When Mike first contacted the SA Webmaster in June 1998 he did not expect to last until Christmas. Mike was all but paralyzed, confined to bed and waiting to die. Mike used a voice-operated computer to communicate on the Internet. In that condition he organized Skyhawk Website statistics and started communicating with people - soon he wanted to recruit and organize the Squadron Duty Officers. Doctors were perplexed why Mike didn't die - but here is a guy that flat on his back, in pain and paralyzed still found a way to make himself useful and meaningful - right up to five days before he died. What balls!!! Mike Trout is an example for all of us.

Sunday, October 21, 2001, Mike Trout was bingoed to the USS Great Beyond Ready Room. There he is playing Acey-Duecy with Wade McClusky. Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams are offering sage advice. Lounging around the room in small groups are the guys: Boisterously discussing tactics are Chennault, Nimitz, Boelka, Thatch, Caesar, Bong, Richthoffen, Bader, and Patton.

Pancho Barnes, Estocin, Springs, Doolittle, Shea, Blackburn, Fonck, McCudden, Shepard and Halsey are playing poker.

A bunch of guys are gathered at the bar tended by Lady Jessie. The Duke, Boyington, O'Hare, Perry, McConnell, Bong, Voss and Scott are drinking flaming hookers while others are clustered about a piano singing lusty songs.

On the patio they are servicing the Dilbert Dunker for the follies soon to follow. Commander Michael D. Trout United States Navy is not alone - he is with the guys and we should be happy for him as this is a life well spent.

 

 


Fish-Hawks - 1945
Drawn by Bud Southworth

Black Knight - 1949
Drawn by Bud Southworth

Four and Twenty Blackbirds - 1951
Provided by PGDARE

VA-45 Skyhawks - 1971?
Courtesy of Dick Carlberg

Four & Twenty Blackbirds - 198?
Courtesy of Robert Lay

Four and Twenty Blackbirds - 199?
 
Gary Verver
 


Patch

  • On August 10, 1945, VT-75's Fish-Hawk patch was approved. When VT-75 was re-designated VA-4B the new squadron did not request another patch.
  • On April 15, 1949, after VA-4B had been re-designated VA-45, the carrier air group assigned a chess piece to each air group squadron. A king chess piece was for the air group, the knight chess piece was for attack squadrons and the pawn was for fighter squadrons. This became the basis of VA-45's new black chess knight patch.
  • On April 10, 1951, the re-established VA-45 adopted the Blackbird patch. The poised and cocky Blackbird regally attired in tails, sports a green derby and boxing gloves that represent the squadron's potential punch. The Blackbird was selected because of its recognized persistence and vigorous nature in attacking and outwitting its enemies and displays and ever-ready and aggressive gleam in his eye. The green derby, cocked at a pugnacious angle, signifies the original squadron colors as a part of Air Group FOUR aboard United States Ship Intrepid. The "Four and Twenty" recalls the original four regular and 20 reserve pilots attached to the squadron, while the shredded and smoking cigar indicates that most of the pilots were older and more experienced than the average ones who usually comprise such a squadron. The addition of spats symbolizes the elegance of dress and manners of the Blackbirds of VA-45.
  • Date unknown but was being used in 1972 and 1973 - unofficial VA-45 Det 1 Skyhawks patch.
  • 1979: As described in Naval Aviation News.
    Home-based at NAS Cecil Field, Fla., and led by Cdr. G. R.Hertzler, Attack Squadron 45's primary mission is instrument training in TA-4Js. Attached to Light Attack Wing One, it also provides adversary training for the fleet. The squadron traces its lineage to VT-75 and VA-4B which flew Avengers, Helldivers and Skyraiders.
    SEP 1979 NavNews
    The insignia's poised and cocky black-bird, regally attired in tails, sports a derby and boxing gloves which represent the squadron's tactical punch. The blackbird was selected for its vigorous nature in attacking and outwitting its enemies. The green derby signifies the original squadron colors as part of Air Group Four aboard Intrepid. The original four regular and 20 reserve pilots attached to the squadron are recalled by the 4 and 20. The shredded and smoldering cigar denotes that most of the pilots were older and more experienced than in many other squadrons. The addition of the spats sums up the total picture.

  • Late 1984 or early 85, the newly established VF-45 adopted the Four and Twenty Blackbird patch from the earlier VA-45 squadron. The white star was changed to red for the adversary mission and a scroll with squadron's name added to the bottom.
  • The Boca Chica Keys (Boca Chica Patch) are at NAS Key West


Handle

  • 1945 through 1949 Fish Hawks.
  • 1950 through 1958 Blackbirds.
  • 1963? through 1976? Skyhawks.
  • 1976? through 1994? Blackbirds.


Heritage

  • June 1, 1945, established as Torpedo Squadron SEVENTY FIVE (VT-75).
  • November 15, 1946, VT-75 was re-designated Attack Squadron FOUR B (VA-4B).
  • September 1, 1948, VA-4B was re-designated Attack Squadron FORTY FIVE (VA-45).
  • June 8, 1950, VA-45 disestablished.
  • September 1, 1950, re-established as Attack Squadron FORTY FIVE (VA-45).
  • March 1, 1958, VA-45 disestablished.
  • February 15, 1963, VA-45 re-established as a replacement pilot training (RAG) for the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider.
  • December 1970, VA-45 established Detachment 11 which flew the A-4C Skyhawk while deployed aboard the United States Ship Intrepid.
  • August 1971, VA-45 established Detachment 1 which flew the A-4E Skyhawk while deployed on the United States Ship Intrepid in 1972.
  • November 1971, VA-45 Detachment 11 disestablished.
  • In 1972 and 1973 VA-45 Det 1 Skyhawks were flying from the Intrepid. So before and after these dates the Squadron was re-established and dis-established.
  • In late 1985/early 96, the VA-45 Blackbirds were re-designated Fighter Squadron FORTY FIVE (VF-45).
  • March 1996 VF-45 was dis-established.
  • Some dates provided by Wendell Biggs.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • June 1, 1945 - - - - - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Chincoteague.
  • March 20, 1946 - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • February 14, 1949- - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
  • September 01, 1950 - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
  • September 18, 1950 - - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Cecil Field.
  • October 12, 1952 - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
  • May 1980 - - - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Key West.


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - Tail code - - Air Wing
  • Jun 01 1945 - - - F - - - CVBG-75/CVBG-3/CVG-4*
  • Sep 01 1950 - - - F - - - CVG-4
  • * CVBG-75 was established on June 1, 1945; re-designated CVBG-3 on November 15, 1946; re-designated CVG-4 on September 1, 1948 and disestablished on June 8, 1950.


Deployments

  • Date Departure & Return - - - - - Air Wing - - Carrier - - Aircraft - - - Area of Operation:
  • 01/08/46 to 03/19/46 - - - CVBG-75 - - CVB 42 - - - SB2C-4E - Caribbean/SoLant
  • 08/08/46 to 10/04/46 - - - CVBG-75 - - CVB 42 - - - SB2C-5- - Mediterranean
  • 09/13/48 to 01/23/49 - - - CVG-4 - - - CVB 42 - - - AD-1- - - Mediterranean
  • 01/06/50 to 05/23/50 - - - CVG-4 - - - CVB 41 - - - AD-1- - - Mediterranean
  • 05/15/51 to 10/04/51 - - - CVG-4 - - - CV 34- - - - AD-2- - - Mediterranean
  • 04/19/52 to 10/12/52 - - - CVG-4 - - - CVB 43 - - - AD-4- - - Mediterranean
  • 04/26/53 to 12/04/53 - - - CVG-4 - - - CVA 39 - - - AD-4- - - WestPac/Korea
  • 05/28/55 to 11/22/55 - - - CVG-4 - - - CVA 11 - - - AD-6- - - Mediterranean
  • 07/01/57 to 02/24/58 - - - CVG-4 - - - CVA 15 - - - AD-6- - - Mediterranean

 


Aircraft

 

Commanding Officers

  • Assumed Command - - - - - - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • 01 Jun 1945- - - - - - - Lieutenant Richard W. Bond (acting)
  • 11 Jun 1945- - - - - - - Lieutenant Paul J. Davis, Jr.
  • 28 Jun 1945- - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander James E. Mahan
  • 1946 - - - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Garald R. Stablein
  • Feb 1947 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Chester L. Dillard (acting)
  • May 1947 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Lucien G. Powell, Jr.
  • Jun 1948 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Leroy V. Swanson
  • May 1950 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Frederick C. Kidd
  • Sep 1950 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander G. O. Wood
  • Apr 1952 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Mills
  • Oct 1953 - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander William F. Krantz
  • Nov 1954 - - - - - - - - Commander Daniel W. Wildfong
  • Dec 1955 - - - - - - - - Commander Glendon Goodwin
  • June 1969- - - - - - - - Commander Al Hinman
  • June 1970 - - - - - - - -Commander A. H. Gonzalez
  • May 1971 - - - - - - - - Commander J. E. Paganelli
  • May 1972 - - - - - - - - Commander J. Gilmore
  • May 1973 - - - - - - - - Commander H. Gedinsky
  • May 1974 - - - - - - - - Commander Steven Piccuolo/li>
  • May 1975 - - - - - - - - Commander Leonard Hyatt *
  • May 1976 - - - - - - - - Commander Michael D. Trout
  • Aug 1977 - - - - - - - - Commander Richard Porter
  • 1978 (?) - - - - - - - - Commander G. R. Hertzler
  • Nov 1982 - - - - - - - - Commander L. I. Williams
  • Nov 1983 - - - - - - - - Commander J. J. Ryan
  • Nov 1985 - - - - - - - - Commander Gibson
  • Mar 1995 - - - - - - - - Commander John T. DuGene
  • Commander Trout was Executive Officer for two years, being extended to allow returning Prisoner of War Commander Leonard Hyatt to re-enter a normal career pattern.
  • 1970-72 data provided by Wendell Biggs.
  • 1982-85 data provided by Bill Hammerseng.


Events

  • June 1, 1945:
    Torpedo Squadron Seventy-Five (VT-75) was established at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Chincoteague, its first assigned aircraft was the Curtiss SBF-4E Helldiver, which was built under license in Canada.
  • January through February 1946:
    VT-75 Fish Hawks deployed aboard United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB 42 for her shakedown cruise to the Caribbean and Brazil. While visiting Rio de Janeiro the squadron, air group, and carrier represented the United States of America at the inauguration of Brazilian president, Eurico G. Dutra.
  • March 20, 1946:
    VT-75 was based at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia.
  • November 15, 1946:
    VT-75 was redesignated Attack Squadron FOUR B (VA-4B). VA-4B kept the Fish Hawk moniker.
  • March 27, 1947:
    Attack Squadron FOUR B Fish Hawks received the AD-1 Douglas Skyraider.
  • September 1, 1948:
    VA-4B was redesignated Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VA-45). VA-45 kept the Fish Hawk moniker.
  • February 14, 1949:
    Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE was based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. VA-45 was assigned the AM-1 Martin Mauler.
  • October 20, 1949:
    Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE was assigned the AD-4 Douglas Skyraider.
  • June 8, 1950:
    VA-45 Fish Hawks were disestablished.
  • September 1, 1950:
    Re-established as Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. VA-45 was assigned the AD-1 Douglas Skyraider. The re-established VA-45 took the Blackbirds moniker.
  • October 12, 1952:
    VA-45 moved to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
  • April 26 to December 4, 1953:
    Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE Blackbirds operating the AD-4 Douglas Skyraider. with CVG-4 embarked at Mayport, Florida on United States Ship Lake Champlain CVA-39 for combat in Korea.
  • January 1, 1954
    The origin of the "Blackbird" insignia.
    Naval Aviation News February 1954

    Take one part blackbird, stir in Champlain's aviation gas, add an old pair of boxing gloves and a shredded cigar for flavoring, mix with a 1000-lb bomb, four and 20 times, serve same in a green derby-and you have Navy Attack Squadron 45, the "Blackbids".
    In its third extended tour since leaving Jacksonville, Fla., September 1950, the squadron has carried its odd insignia, a cockv blackbird dressed elegantly in a green derby, boxing gloves and a cigar-from one end of the world to the other. It has also managed to unleash half the tonnage of bombs dropped by the carrier USS Lake Champlain's attack force in the closing days of the Korean conflict.
    "When we first landed on board the Lake Champlain," said LTJG George Kinnear, one of the insignia designers, "there wasn't a man on the flight deck who didn't get a chuckle out of my unique appearance." Kinnear reported aboard with his crash helmet topped by a brilliant green derby!
    Originally called the "Black Knights" before the squadron was recommissioned, VA-45 decided it needed a snappier insignia. By April, 1951, after one ocean voyage into the Mediterranean aboard the carrier USS Oriskany, the squadron had its new insignia with an impressive meaning and history behind each symbol. "Our blackbird didn't fall together by accident," explained LCDR Richard Mills, skipper of the squadron. "Both the blackbird and his dress all have special significance."
    The blackbird was chosen because of its recognized persistence and aggressive nature in attacking and outwitting its enemies. The green derby signifies the color
  • assigned to the fifth (for attack) squadron of a carrier air group. The squadron is part of Air Group Four aboard the Lake Champlain.
    The boxing gloves were selected to represent the potential "punch" of the Navy's Skyraider, the only type of plane flown by the squadron. "Four and Twenty" on the insignia represents the original 24 pilots who were assigned to the squadron. The cigar was added to show that most of the pilots were older and more experienced than the average pilots comprising such a squadron.
    "By popular vote, the blackbird was selected over two others," said Kinnear. "Boxing gloves were suggested by an enlisted man, Charles G. Mitchell, personnel-man third class. My contribution was the green derby. "I picked it up one night as I was returning to the ship from a party in Genoa, Italy. I was riding in a horse-drawn cab and got the crazy idea to ask the driver if I could drive the cab. He agreed, and the minute I perched the bowler on top my head, I wanted it for my own. "After some haggling, the driver finally agreed to let me have it for 700 lira, slightly more than a dollar."
    Kinnear took the derby back to his squadron mates who promptly classified it "top secret" until it had been painted and sewn to a helmet. The squadron decided that the actual helmet with derby attached would be worn only when the pilots reported to or were detached from duty aboard one of the carriers.
    Three months later the outside world received its first glimpse of the new addition as the squadron prepared to leave the Oriskany for Jacksonville. When the derby-topped helmet popped into view as Kinnear boarded his plane, the surprised ship's band quickly swung into the tune "Bye, Bye, Blackbirds."
    The present crop of Blackbirds readily admit that none of them have derbys at home, but 22 out of 23 still smoke cigars. "Sometimes our ready room looks like the inside of a cloud bank," said LT Robert J. McAllister, "with everyone smoking up a storm."
    Following its first tenure of duty aboard the USS Oriskany, the Blackbirds put in a stint aboard the giant carrier USS Coral Sea, April to October, 1952, their second trip to the Mediterranean. Highlight of this tour was participation in an aviation show for Tito of Yugoslavia.
    Right now the squadron roosts aboard the Lake Champlain. It was while flying from this carrier in the latter days of the war that the Blackbird squadron lost its first and only pilot, LTJG Donald Brewer. The VA-45 veteran was shot down west of the Punchbowl by 37 mm. Flak. Skipper Mills attributes the "Backbirds'" low fatality and accident rate to its excellent hangar deck crew.
    At the sign of the green hat and to the air of "Bye, Bye, Blackbirds,"; VA-45 flies by, a proud part of the Navy's flying might.

  • March 1, 1958:
    VA-45 Blackbirds were dis-established.
  • February 1963:
    VA-45 re-established as a replacement pilot training (RAG) for the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider. The squadron took the moniker "Skyhawks."
  • April 1964:
    Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE Skyhawks were assigned the Grumman TF-9J Cougar.
  • March 1967:
    Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE Skyhawks were assigned the Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk. About this time the parent squadron took the moniker "Blackbirds," while VA-45 Det. 1 kept the "Skyhawks" moniker.
    Note: During Aug 70 BuNo. 153464 (TA-4F) and during July 72 BuNo.153461, 154305 and 154315 (TA-4Fs) were flying with VA-45 Instrument RAG at NAS Cecil. "Boom" Powell
  • August 21, 1969:
    Lt. Burns was killed without ejecting and the RP was killed when he ejected into the ground after their TA-4F BuNo 153682 overtook and collided with VA-44 TA-4F BuNo 152866 in landing pattern at Cecil Field, FL. Lcdr. Ken Olsen (VA-44) ejected safely but RP Lt(jg) William “Bill” A. Stone of VA-44 was killed without ejecting.
    From Ken Olsen
    Albuquerque, NM The Albuquerque Tribune, Friday, August 22, 1969
    Albuquerque, NM The Albuquerque Tribune, Friday, August 22, 1969
  • 1972:
    VA-45 Det. 1 Skyhawks were flying the Douglas A-4L Skyhawk from United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11.
  • 1973:
    VA-45 Det 1 Skyhawks were flying the Douglas A-4L Skyhawk from the United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42. Some of the Skyhawk A-4Ls were sold to Israel during the 1973 war --- these A-4Ls had their insignia painted over in the FDR's hangar bay before departing to Israel.
  • 1973?:
    VA-45 Det 1 Skyhawks were disestablished.
  • 1974 - 1977:
    VA-45 Blackbirds had no accidents or incidents during the four-year period while conducting demanding instrument and Air Combat Maneuvering training. Admiral J. L. Holloway III, the Chief of Naval Operations, recognized this when he awarded VA-45 "the 1977 Naval Aviation Safety award and Plaque for the most outstanding safety record achieved among special mission squadrons in the United States Atlantic Fleet."
  • October 22, 1984:
    LTCDR Brandenburg lost his life when his A-4 crashed during a landing at an Air Force Base.
    Info from Jeff Foster
    LCdr. Steven Lee Brandenburg stationed at NAS Key West was killed when his TA-4J BuNo 153497 crashed a mile short of the runway on approach to Buckley ANG Base, Aurora, CO.
    US Armed Forces, Pacific Stars and Stripes, Thursday, October 25, 1984.
  • February 7 1985:
    The VA-45 Blackbirds were redisignated Fighter Squadron FORTY FIVE (VF-45). The VF-45 Blackbirds were assigned several aircraft types including the A-4E Douglas Skyhawk, TA-4J Douglas Skyhawk and F-16N Viper.
  • March 28 1987:
    Lt. Patrick Paris ejected safely before his A-4E BuNo 152067 crashed and burned 35 mile SE of NAS Fallon, NV while on a routine training mission.
    Miami, FL, Miami News, Monday, March 30, 1987.
  • February 11, 1991:
    An unidentified pilot ejected safely before his A-4E BuNo 152004 crashed during training maneuvers 32 miles west of Key West.
    US Armed Forces, Pacific Stars and Stripes, Thursday, February 14, 1991.
  • March 1996:
    VF-45 Blackbirds were disestablished.


Awards

  • KPUC
    • 09 Jun 1953 to 27 Jul 1953
  • KSM
    • 09 Jun 1953 to 27 Jul 1953
  • UNSM
    • 09 Jun 1953 to 27 Jul 1953
  • 1977 Naval Aviation Safety award for the most outstanding safety record among special mission squadrons in the United States Atlantic Fleet 1974 - 1977.

 

Photographs


Overhead view of Blackbirds delta formation Fly-in.
"Boom" Powell Photo.

1966: Blackbirds, DET 1, Skyhawk BuNo 150022, AU-661,as she checks out a Soviet Bear.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom" Powell

MAY 1968: Skyhawk BuNo 153498, AD-616,assigned to LT A.R. Papandrea, parked on the flightline next to VT-26 Cougar BuNo 147397.
Nick Williams

DEC 1968: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154305, AD-620,assigned to LT C.J. Krasko, parked on the ramp. p/c is P.L. Nasi.
Frank MacSorley

1969: BuNo.148609 A-4C aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid.
"The A-4 was a rare sight in northern Europe, but a couple of times the Intrepid docked in Copenhagen Harbour."
Comment and photo by Alf Blume of Denmark.

JUN 1969: Left side view of VA-45 Blackbirds TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153688, AD-622, on the ramp, Quonset Point, June 1969. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

1969-1970: VA-45 Blackbirds TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153688, AD-622. Location unknown.
Unknown photographer.

1971: Blackbirds Det. II Skyhawk BuNo 147698, AU-661,assigned to LCDR Worm Elmore aboard the USS Intrepid.
Unknown photographer, photo via W. Mutza

September 1971: VA-45 Blackbirds Det. II A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147698, AU-661,aboard the USS Intrepid, Portsmouth, UK. Name below the canopy is LCdr. Worm Elmore. HS-11 Dragon Slayers SH-3D Sea King BuNo 152699, AU-553, at left.
Official U.S. Navy photo.

September 1971: VA-45 Blackbirds Det. II A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147698, AU-661,USS Intrepid, CVS-11, Portsmouth.
Official U.S. Navy photo.

1971-72: Blackbird TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 154303 Side number 501.
This photograph of BuNo. 154303 was presented to Wendell Biggs by the Commanding Officer, Commander Gilmore, on the occasion of his promotion to AT2 on 1 September 1972. BuNo 154303 was still being flown by VA-45 in 1977.
Official United States Navy photograph from Wendell Biggs.

1971-72: VA-45 Det 1 A-4E Skyhawks Flying Wing on a VQ-2 Skywarrior.

VQ-2 Spanish Spook Douglas A-3 Skywarrior "Whale". Two VA-45 Det 11 A-4E Skyhawks, BuNo. 150091, side number 611 and BuNo. 151066, side number 613 visit another Douglas product. The Det 1 Blackbirds were attached to United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11 during 1972. Date of photograph unknown. Official United States Navy photograph from Nathan Swapp.

1971-72: Blackbirds A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149664, AD-771, A-4C BuNo 149558, AD-661, and TA-4J BuNo 154303, AD-501.
"Boom" Powell

1971-72: Blackbirds A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149664, AD-771, A-4C BuNo 149558, AD-661, and TA-4J BuNo 154303, AD-501.
From "Boom" Powell

1971-73: Blackbirds A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149664, AD-771, A-4C BuNo 149558, AD-661, and TA-4J BuNo 154303, AD-501.
Photo from "Boom" Powell.

Circa 1972: A-4E AU-600 on final.
"Boom" Powell"

Circa 1972: A-4E formation.
"Boom" Powell"

1972: BuNo.150022 A-4E of VA-45 Detachment 1 aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid in 1972 in Copenhagen Harbour. BuNo.152012 is also in the photo.
Photo by Alf Blume of Denmark.

JAN 1972: Blackbirds Det. II Skyhawk BuNo 147698, AU-661,assigned to LCDR Worm Elmore aboard the USS Intrepid.
G. Verver collection

1972: Blackbirds, DET 1, Skyhawk BuNo 150012, AU-662,as she checks out a Soviet Tupolev 114 Moss, "AWACS-ski".
Among the over 200 intercepts VA-45 Det 1 made in 1972 was the first ever intercept of this type of Tupolev.
Photo from "Boom" Powell.

Blackbirds DET I Skyhawk BuNo 149647, AU-616,moments from touch-down.
From "Boom" Powell

Blackbirds DET I Skyhawk BuNo 149647, AU-616,as she checks out a Soviet Badger.
From "Boom" Powell

Blackbirds DET-1 Skyhawk BuNo 149995, AU-607,as she launches from the Intrepid.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom" Powell

Blackbirds DET-1 Skyhawk BuNo 149995, AU-607,in formation with another Blackbirds Skyhawk.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom" Powell

Blackbirds DET-1 Skyhawk BuNo 149995, AU-607,tied down topside on the Intrepid.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom" Powell

Blackbirds DET-1 pilots pose in and around the cockpit of Skyhawk BuNo 149995, AU-607.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom" Powell

1972: Blackbirds, DET 1, Skyhawk BuNo 150022, AU-661, in formation with Blackbirds BuNo 152012, AU-662.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom"

September 1972: VA-45 Blackbirds Det-1 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151040, AU-664, with an empty Sidewinder launcher on the outboard wing station, USS Intrepid. HS-11 Dragonslayers SH-3D Sea King BuNo 152707, AU-555, at left. Official U.S. Navy photo.

September 1972: VA-45 Blackbirds Det 1, A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149647, AU-665, A-4E BuNo 151040, AU-664, and A-4E BuNo 152012, AU-662, USS Intrepid, CVS-11, Portsmouth.
Official U.S. Navy photo.

1972-73: VA-45 Blackbirds Det 1, (USS Intrepid, CVS-11) A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151040, AU-664.
Official U.S. Navy photo.

1972-74: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154303, AD-000,parked on the ramp.
From "Boom" Powell

Feb 1973 Blackbirds SkyhawksBuNo 154618 refueling BuNo 149994, AD-773 as BuNo 145106 flys alongside.
Naval Aviation News Photo

MAY 1973: Blackbirds DET I Skyhawk BuNo 149647, AU-616,parked on the ramp.
Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy

19 MAY 1973: Right front view of USS Intrepid VA-45 Blackbirds DET I A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149647, AU-616, on the ramp, Hanscom AFB, 19 May 1973. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

1973: Blackbirds DET-I officers pose next to Skyhawk BuNo 151084, AU-605,aboard the Intrepid.
Raoul Alvarez via "Boom" Powell

04 Oct 1974 BuNo 154618,AD-000, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Chief Jon N. Ackley received these plaques while serving with VA-45 and VA-83.
Photo provide by Master Chief Ackely's son, Alan N. Ackley.

Dec. 1977: Chief Jon N. Ackley received this photo on his promotion to Master at Cecil Field NAS.
TA-4Fs BuNo. 153461, 152867, 153460 and 154650 are shown in formation.
Photo provide by Master Chief Ackely's son, Alan N. Ackley.

 


VA-45 Blackbird Ball Spring 1975, Jacksonville: VA-45 Blackbird Officers and Leading Chief pose during the annual festivities. Photograph from Mike Trout.

Seated left to right:
VA-45 Master Chief Petty Officer, Charlie Sapp; Mike Trout, XO; Steve Piccuolo, CO; John Hildebrand; Dave Page; Leo Hyatt.
Standing left to right:
J. Bowers; Lewis; Skip Fumia; Unknown; Jeff Komenda; Gary Tabbert; Unknown; Phil Messier; John Rebeske; Unknown; Doug Brewer; Lee Reavis; Jay Wooley; J. T.Revennaugh; Unknown; Unknown; Tom Davies; Bowman; Unknown; Art Bell.

 


VA-45 Blackbird Ball Spring 1976.Jacksonville, Florida: VA-45 Blackbird Officers pose during the festivities. Commander Trout is still the Executive Officer, being extended to allow returning Prisoner of War Commander Leonard Hyatt to re-enter a normal career pattern. Photograph from Mike Trout.

Seated left to right:
Skip Fumia; Mike Trout, Executive Officer; Leo Hyatt, Commanding Officer; Lee Reavis; Jay Wooley.

Standing left to right:
Mike O'Hanlon; Doug Brewer; Jeff Komenda; Gary Tabbert; John Rebeske; Unknown; Unknown.

 


24 July 1976 left side view of a Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 153471,AD-602, on the ramp in an all white paint scheme.
Photo by T. Waddington, G. Verver collection.

BuNo 153497, VA-45 AD-607, on the ramp.

Blackbird ACM TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153497 Side number 601 - August 1976.
With the May 27, 1976 change of command VA-45 received a mission to develop an Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) program for Atlantic Fleet Light Attack. Maintenance positioned TA-4J BuNo. 153497 on the north side of the VA-45 hanger at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida for its Official United States Navy portrait. In the background hangar is a VA-174 Corsair II.

In a rear quarter view of Blackbird BuNo. 153497, are VA-45 Skyhawks in the background and illustration of how the Skipper's bird was configured for the ACM mission. Executive Officer Dick Porter's Skyhawk was painted with a different desert camouflage scheme. In addition to the camouflage paint, the VA-45 Skyhawks had a slick wing and a 150-gallon centerline tank.
Official United States Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

Nov 1976 BuNo 153497,AD-601, assigned to CO, CDR Mike Trout. In the background is a Flying Gators A-4L Skyhawk.
Gary Verver Collection

19 Jun 1976 BuNo 153461,AD-605.
Photo by W.G. Welch

 


VA-45 Blackbird Ball Spring 1977: VA-45 Blackbird Officers and mascot pose during the festivities. Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet assigned a fighter pilot, Lieutenant Leddy (sitting on the Blackbird's lap), to VA-45 to assist developing an Air Combat Maneuvering program. VA-45 received the ACM mission July 1, 1976.
Photograph from Mike Trout.

Location: Jacksonville
Date: 1977
Photo credit: Mike Trout
Contact:
Description: The 1977 Annual VA-45 Blackbird Ball
Jacksonville, Florida.

Seated left to right:
1. Lieutenant Leddy (sitting in the Blackbird's lap); 2. Lieutenant Jay Wooley (in Blackbird costume); 3. Lieutenant Osborn.

Standing left to right:
1. Unknown Captain; 2. Unknown Captain (former VA-45 Commanding Officer); 3. Unknown Captain (former VA-45 Commanding Officer); 4. Lieutenant Brian Lehman; 5. Unknown Lieutenant Commander; 6. Lieutenant John Rebeske; 7. Commander Michael D. Trout, Commanding Officer; 8. Lieutenant Weatherly 9. Unknown Lieutenant; 10. Commander Richard Porter, Executive Officer; 11. Unknown Lieutenant; 12. Unknown Lieutenant; 13. Unknown Lieutenant; 14. Lieutenant Commander Tim Bauer; 15. Doug Brewer; 16. Unknown; 17. Unknown; 18. Unknown; 19. Lieutenant Mike O'Hanlon.
Photograph from Mike Trout.

There were several former VA-45 commanding officers at this Ball. Perhaps the farthest left person is one of those. Atlantic Fleet assigned a fighter pilot, Lieutenant Leddy, to VA-45 to assist developing our Air Combat Maneuvering program and we received the ACM mission July 1, 1976.

 


22 AUG 1977: Skyhawk BuNo 153460, AD-611,assigned to LT J. Davies, parked on the flightline next to BuNo 151095.
Photographer unknown.

Circa 1975 - 1978: Blackbirds BuNo 154318,AD-605, in formation with what we believe to be BuNo 153461.

Circa 1975 - 1978: Blackbirds BuNo 154318,AD-605, in formation with what we believe to be BuNo 153461.

Circa 1975 - 1978: Blackbirds BuNo 154318,AD-605, in formation with what we believe to be BuNo 153461.
Photos by Harry Gann.

153461 assigned to VA-45 and marked as CMDRITATKCARWGONE.

1975-1979: VA-45 Blackbirds, TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 155100, AD-615 parked on the ramp.
unknown photographer.

17 APR 1978: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 153460, AD-611,parked on the NAS Kingsville ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

17 APR 1978: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 153471, AD-602,parked on the NAS Kingsville ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 SEP 1979: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154318, AD-605, and BuNo 154319, AD-610,parked on the ramp.
Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy

22 SEP 1979: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154318, AD-605,parked on the ramp.
Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy

1979: BuNo 154318, VA-45 AD-605, on the ramp.

VA-45 AD-14, BuNo 151050, on the ramp.

BuNo 154319, VA-45 AD-610, on the ramp.

BuNo 154327, VF-45 AD-13, on the ramp.

1979: VA-45 BuNo 154318, AD-605, in-flight with another T-Bird. Naval Air News

JAN 1980: BlackbApproach Magazine addresses the issue of asymmetric slat extension.irds Skyhawk BuNo 154303, AD-606,parked on the raimported/3e/va45/mp.
Rob Mignard

May 1980 BuNo 153469,AD-607, parked on the line.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 153469 VA-45 AD-607 on the ramp.

09 FEB 1982: VA-45 Blackbirds TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 155110, AD-614, takes off from NAS Fallon. Joe Turpen collection.

11 FEB 1982: VA-45 Blackbirds TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154312, AD-611, in-flight near NAS Fallon. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Sept 1984 Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154327,AD-13, parked on the ramp at NAS Miramar.
Photo by Mike Shapiro

Nov 1985 BuNo 151064,AD-10, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

Two Blackbird TA-4J Skyhawks BuNos. 154298 & 158436 - 1986 or 1987.
A flight of TA-4J Skyhawks BuNo. 154298 with side number Alpha Delta 01 and BuNo. 158436 with side number Alpha Delta 06 from Fighter Adversary Squadron Forty Five (VF-45) fly over the Whiskey-174 warning area where the Squadron performed Adversary A.C.M. tactics against fleet fighter squadrons on detachment to Naval Air Station Key West Florida. Time frame 1986-1987.
From a photograph by Robert Lay.

Two Blackbirds: A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151064 and a F-16N - 1987.
The squdron received F-16N's in 1987. Here is A-4E AD 10 BuNo. 151064 with a F-16N over the fort on the Dry Tortuga's.
From a photograph by Robert Lay.

28 JUN 1987: VA-45 A-4E BuNo 151064, AD-10,parked on the ramp at Westover AFB.
R. Rys

Aug 1987: BuNo 149977,AD-15, parked on the ramp.
Michael Grove via Tailhook Association.

1988: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154327, AD-03,assigned to LCDR Dave 'Caveman' Rath, parked on the line.
Dave Steinbacker

Jan 1988: Skyhawk BuNo 155110,AD-02, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

16 JAN 1988: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 158083, AD-01,parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
C. Kaston

02 FEB 1988: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 151038, AD-16,parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.


Nov 1988: BuNo 158083,AD-01, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Nov 1988: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 154318,AD-00, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

1989: Blackbird TA-4J 155110, Alpha Delta-02 - TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 155110 side number Alpha Delta 02, of VF-45 "Blackbirds", Naval Air Station Key West, FL. Seen on the Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georga, transit line on July 28, 1989imported/3e/va45/, bearing one of the more bizarre adversary schemes of off-white and medium gray, with reverse lettering and insignia. Black VFA-127 F-5E peeks into picture on right.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

1989: Blackbird A-4E 151064, Alpha Delta-10 - A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151064, side number AD-10 of the VF-45 "Blackbirds" based at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, as seen at Naval Air Station Atlanta on October 12, 1989. The Skyhawk is clad in a light and medium-gray ACM scheme and sporting a red-orange star on the tail.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

15 OCT 1989: Right rear view of VA-45 Blackbirds A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152004, AD-11, on the ramp in a blue/grey camouflage scheme, Bergstrom AFB, 15 October 1989. Callsign below the canopy is Torch.

1989: right front view of Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 149651,AD-17, on the flight line.
J.M. Ramos via Tailhook Association.

Blackbird A-4E 151064, Alpha Delta-10.
Official U.S. Navy photo from the Don Scott collection.

1990: Blackbird A-4E 152070, Delta-13 VF-45 Blackbird's A-4E BuNo. 152070, side number 13 finished in one of their notorious ACM schemes is photographed on the Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georga, flight line in January 12, 1990.
The VF-45 Blackbirds were based at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

March 1990: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 151050,AD-14, parked on the ramp.
Photo by T. Panopalis, Gary Verver Collection

19 March 1990: BuNo 155110,AD-02, parked on the ramp.
Photo by R.E. Kling, G. Verver collection.

BuNo 149651parked on the line in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

13 NOV 1990: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 151038, AD-16,parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 153502, AD-600,parked on the flightline.
Neal Schnieder

Nov 1990: BuNo 151038,AD-16, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

Nov 1990: BuNo 151038,AD-16, on the flight line.
Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection.

<13 NOV 1990: a href="http://a4skyhawk.us/content/151050-va-45-w-munzenmaier-contact-g-verver-2907">Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 151050, AD-14,assigned to "BOG" parked on the ramp and painted a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

1991: VF-45 Blackbirds, TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154327, AD-03, in a lo-viz grey scheme, unknown location.
unknown photographer.

1991: VF-45 Blackbirds, TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 155110, AD-02, in a lo-viz grey scheme, unknown location.
unknown photographer.

1992: Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo 151064, AD-10,in formation with a squadron F-16 and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

09 March 1992: BuNo 151033parked on the ramp.
Photo by T. Panopalis, Gary Verver Collection.

1993: Blackbird A-4E 151064, Alpha Delta-10 - A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151064, side number AD-10 of VF-45 "Blackbirds", Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, again at Naval Air Station Atlanta, four years later (11-24-93). Gone is the red-orange star, replaced at the end of 1992 with "diplomatically correct" tail markings and green side numbers (the tail marking being a reproduction of the unit insignia). The camouflage pattern was also changed during repaint, as compared to the earlier photo.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

VA-45 Blackbirds Skyhawk BuNo. 153497on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-45 TA-4F BuNo 154312,looks like AD-611.
Gary Verver Collection.

VA-45 TA-4F AD-601, BuNo 153490
Don Scott photo, Gary Verver Collection.

VA-45 TA-4J AD-606 BuNo unknown, AD-613 BuNo 154327 and AD-602 BuNo 153471.
TA-4J Skyhawks from VA-45 in formation over Fort Jefferson National Park, Dry Tortugas, FL.
Flying lead in Hawk-606 is the VA-45 CO CDR James "Boink" Tyan with AMS1 Mark T. McCabe,
flying Hawk-613 is LCDR Tom "Maggot" McInvale, and on his wing in Hawk-602 is LCDR Steve "KC" Brandenburg.
Photography by Bruce R. Trombecky, Gary Verver Collection.

Blackbird A-4E 151064, Alpha Delta-10 Tailfeathers:
Detail of A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151064, side number AD-10. An attractive insignia, but with a change-of-command in a few months, the red-orange star would return! In any event, the Blackbirds were disestablished about a year later.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

TA-4J SKYHAWK BuNo. 158136
NWFS TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 158136 side number AD 15 wait on the ramp.
Photograph from Michael Klaver.

Blackbirds Aggressor Skyhawk BuNo 151064, AD-10,parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

SEP 1984:
VA-45 TA-4J BuNo 158136, AD-15.
From Gary Verver Collection.

OCT 1984:
VA-45 TA-4J BuNo 158136, AD-15.
From Gary Verver Collection.

01 FEB 1985:
VF-45 TA-4J BuNo 158083, AD-16, at Key West. Name below the canopy is LT P.R. "Bang Bang" Paris.
Photo by B. Trombecky from Gary Verver Collection.

MAR 1989:
VF-45 TA-4J BuNo 155110.
Photographer unknown from Gary Verver Collection.

APR 1989:
VF-45 TA-4J BuNo 155110, AD-02. Name below the canopy is CDR "Flash" Ross. P/C name on the nose gear door is AMH Poindexter.
Photo by D. Brown from Gary Verver Collection.

SEP 1984:
VA-45 TA-4J BuNo 154327, AD-13, SEP 1984 at NAS Key West.
Photo from B. Trombecky, Verver Collection.

02 FEB 1986:
VF-45 TA-4J BuNo 154318, AD-13, 02 FEB 1986 at Fallon.
Photo from B. Trombecky, Verver Collection.

02 FEB 1988:
BuNo 149651, AD-17, in Keywest.
C. Kaston, Gary Verver Collection.

SEP 1984:
BuNo 149653 with VA-45 parked on the ramp at Keywest.
B. Trombecky via Gary Verver Collection.

01 FEB 1985:
VA-45 A-4E BuNo 149653, AD-12, 01 FEB 1985 at NAS Key West.
B. Trombecky via Gary Verver Collection.

OCT 1991:
BuNo 149977, VA-45 AD-15, parked on the ramp.
Photo from Joe Cupido, via G. Verver

OCT 1991:
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VA-45 152070, location NAS Key West, FL. Name below the canopy is LT Allen Trey.
Photo from Joe Cupido, via G. Verver
AIRFOTO ©Joe Cupido.

DEC 1974:
VA-45 TA-4F/J BuNo 153471, AD-502, December 1974. Name below the canopy rail is CDR M. Trout, Executive Officer. A-6 at left is BuNo 155595, NK-05.
Photo by B. Trombecky, from Gary Verver.

29 APR 1977:
VA-45 TA-4J BuNo 154303, AD-606, 29 April 1977.
Photo by R.R. Leader, from Gary Verver.

SEP 1979:
VA-45 TA-4F BuNo 154318, AD-605 at left. SEP 1979 NAN photo.
From Gary Verver.

OCT 1991:
VF-45 TA-4J parked on ramp.
Photo by Joe Cupido.

01 APR 1993:
Flight Line of VF-45.
VF-45, AD-01, 03 and 02, parked on the flight line.
VF-45 AD-14 parked on the ramp.
From Gary Verver.

27 FEB 1993:
VF-45, AD-03, parked on the ramp.
U.S. Navy Official.

01 APR 1993:
A right side view of a VF-45 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151050
, AD-14, on the flight line painted in an grey/blue adversary paint scheme.
photo by OS2 John Bouvia.

21 MAY 1993:
VF-45, AD-03, parked on the ramp.
U.S. Navy Official.

01 APR 1993:
Fighter Squadron 45 (VF-45) TA-4J Skyhawks (L-R: BuNo unknown, AD-02; BuNo 154327, AD-03 and BuNo 153690, AD-01) parked on the flight line. The aircraft are painted in an adversary paint scheme.
Fighter Squadron 45 (VF-45) F-5E Tiger II (AD-32, AD-33, AD-30) and TA-4J Skyhawk (L-R: BuNo unknown, AD-02; BuNo 154327, AD-03 and BuNo 153690, AD-01) aircraft parked on the flight line. The aircraft are painted in an adversary paint scheme for training purposes.
Photos by OS2 John Bouvia.

27 FEB 1993:
A right rear view of a Fighter Squadron 45 (VF-45) TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 154327, AD-03) parked on the flight line.
Photo by PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky.

21 MAY 1993:
A right side view of a TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 154327, AD-03) of Fighter Squadron 45 (VF-45) parked on the flight line.
Photo by PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky.

Off-Duty Info

From former VA-45 Commanding Officer A.H. "Joker One" Hinman (May 3, 2001):
"I was in VA-34 as X.O and they decommissioned out from under me till they could start up as an A-6 squadron. So they sent me over to VA-45 as C.O. from June of 1969 till June of 1970. I had Alfred Hector "Speedy" Gonzalez as my X.O. He was so mean that even I was afraid of him. Cliff Ruthrauff was the admin. boss and did all the work. A former C.O., one Radm. L. Heyworth was "ComFairJax"; so we painted up one of our birds as triple zeros to get him around in style. We shared the "E" with somebody else that year, but they didn't have nearly as much fun as we did. We just had a reunion in Pensacola last year (2001), the C.O. twice removed from me (Pagonelli), did a great job putting it together. One of my Ensigns, Katy Dugan, was there and she still looked 25. The rest of us old farts, well looked like old farts. Year 2001 was a great year."

Sources:

  • Wendell Biggs.
  • Dick Carlberg.
  • Dick Daniels.
  • John DuGene.
  • Tom French, AQCS USN Ret.
  • Harry S. Gann.
  • Robert Lay.
  • John McAdam.
  • Frank J. Mirande.
  • Nathan Swapp.
  • Mike Trout.
  • Jack Woodul.
  • Cliff Ruthrauff
  • Alan N. Ackley
  • Alf Blume
  • T. Panopalis
  • Sam Goucher (PRCS Ret.)
  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
    • 145106 c/n 12352
      • 08 Jan 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 22 Sep 1971 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 147698 C/N 12462
      • 29 Dec 1970 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 07 Dec 1971 - MARTD - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 148447 C/N 12640
      • 31 Dec 1970 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 02 Jul 1973 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 148601 C/N 12794
      • 31 Dec 1970 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 01 Jun 1971 - NAS - NAS Glynco, GA
    • 148609 C/N 12802
      • 31 Dec 1970 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 27 Feb 1972 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 149498 c/n 12823
      • 31 Dec 1970 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 04 Mar 1972 - MARTD - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 149558 c/n 12883
      • 05 Jan 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 15 Feb 1972 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
  • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
    • 149647 c/n 12972
      • 24 Jan 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 11 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 149651 c/n 12976
      • 25 Jun 1987 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 31 Dec 1993 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL (Last)
      • Stricken - After 31 Dec 1993 and before 31 Mar 1994
    • 149653 c/n 12978
      • 15 Feb 1984 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 08 Mar 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149664 c/n 12989
      • 31 May 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 19 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 149666 c/n 12991
      • 30 May 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 20 Jun 1973 - VF-101 Det Key West - NAS Key West, FL
    • 149977 c/n 13030
      • 17 Apr 1987 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 31 Dec 1992 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL (Last)
      • Stricken - After 31 Dec 1992 and before 31 Mar 1993
    • 149984 c/n 13037
      • 23 Jul 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 05 Feb 1972 - VA-305 - NAS Point Mugu, CA
    • 149994 c/n 13047
      • 11 Jun 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 17 Jan 1972 - VA-305 - NAS Point Mugu, CA
    • 149995 c/n 13048
      • 12 Aug 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 12 Jun 1973 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 150009 c/n 13062
      • 11 Aug 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 14 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 150022 c/n 13075
      • 06 Jan 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 10 Sep 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 150091 c/n 13144
      • 12 Aug 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 11 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 150134 c/n 13187
      • 11 Sep 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 17 Jun 1973 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 151028 c/n 13198
      • 07 Jan 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 12 Mar 1973 - VF-101 - NAS key West FL
    • 151033 c/n 13203
      • 24 Mar 1992 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 30 Sep 1993 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL (Last)
      • Stricken - After 30 Sep 1993 and before 31 Dec 1993
    • 151038 c/n 13208
      • 03 Jul 1987 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 22 Jun 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 151040 c/n 13210
      • 19 Nov 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 11 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 151050 c/n 13220
      • 14 May 1987 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 08 May 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 151064 c/n 13234
      • 28 Feb 1984 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 16 Feb 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 151066 c/n 13236
      • 08 Sep 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 13 Jun 1073 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 151072 c/n 13242
      • 28 Sep 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 12 Jun 1973 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 151074 c/n 13244
      • 22 Jul 1971 - VF-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 31 Jan 1972 - VA-305 - NAS Point Mugu, CA
    • 151084 c/n 13254
      • 03 Dec 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 29 Aug 1973 - RVAH-3 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 151120 c/n 13290
      • 11 Apr 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 11 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 151163 c/n 13333
      • 16 May 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 11 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 151184 c/n 13354
      • 26 Dec 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 15 Feb 1973 - VF-101 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 152004 c/n 13392
      • 16 Apr 1987 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 31 Dec 1990 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL (Last)
      • Stricken - After 31 Dec 1990 and before 31 Mar 1991
    • 152008 c/n 13396
      • 26 Oct 1972 - VF-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 13 Mar 1973 - Stricken - 1S
    • 152010 c/n 13398
      • 11 Jun 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 05 Feb 1972 - VA-305 - NAS Point Mugu, CA
    • 152012 c/n 13400
      • 15 Dec 1971 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 06 Apr 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 152067 c/n 13455
      • 28 Feb 1984 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 28 Mar 1987 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 152070 c/n 13458
      • 27 Aug 1986 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 12 Jul 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 152080 c/n 13468
      • 10 Apr 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 17 Jun 1973 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 152097 c/n 13485
      • 11 Apr 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 14 Jun 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 152867 C/N 13513
      • 22 Apr 1970 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 26 Jun 1975 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
  •  
  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
    • 153460 c/n 13526
      • 11 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 19 Aug 1971 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 28 Jan 1982 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 153461 c/n 13527
      • 14 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 23 Sep 1971 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 26 Feb 1984 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 153461 c/n 13527
      • 14 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 23 Sep 1971 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 26 Feb 1984 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
      •  
      • 25 May 1993 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 13 Jul 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 153462 c/n 13528
      • 14 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 10 Jun 1970 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153463 c/n 13529
      • 23 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 11 Jun 1970 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153464 c/n 13530
      • 16 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 18 Jan 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 22 Feb 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 153465 c/n 13531
      • 14 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 10 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153466 c/n 13532
      • 15 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 25 Jan 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 22 Feb 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 153469 c/n 13535
      • 16 Sep 1969 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 28 Mar 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 27 Jan 1988 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk (Continued)
    • 153471 c/n 13537
      • 21 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 15 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 15 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 01 Apr 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 12 Jul 1988 - COMTRAWING-3 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 153477 c/n 13543
      • 18 Apr 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 12 Apr 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 19 Aug 1976 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 153480 c/n 13546
      • 25 Apr 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 02 Aug 1968 - Stricken - 1SA
    • 153481 c/n 13547
      • 25 Apr 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 17 Dec 1969 - NPRO - Long Beach, CA
    • 153482 c/n 13548
      • 14 Apr 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 03 Sep 1970 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153490 c/n 13556
      • 26 May 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 22 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153497 c/n 13563
      • 14 Nov 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 26 Jan 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 22 Oct 1984 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 153498 c/n 13564
      • 24 May 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 29 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153502 c/n 13568
      • 16 Jun 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 14 Mar 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 18 Oct 1973 - VF-101 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 153504 c/n 13570
      • 27 Jun 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 27 Jun 1967 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 153506 c/n 13572
      • 21 Dec 1990 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 04 Dec 1991 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 153517 c/n 13583
      • 02 Dec 1971 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 01 Jun 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 02 Sep 1976 - RVAH-3 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 153682 c/n 13620
      • 31 Jan 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 21 Aug 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 153688 c/n 13626
      • 01 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 12 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153689 c/n 13627
      • 12 Mar 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 06 Dec 1971 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 08 Jul 1976 - MARTD - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 153690 c/n 13628
      • 19 Sep 1991 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 22 Jun 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 154292 c/n 13680
      • 23 Jan 1973 - VA-43 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 23 Feb 1986 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 01 Jul 1986 - COMTRAWING-2 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 154293 c/n 13681
      • 15 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 29 Nov 1979 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 154298 c/n 13686
      • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 17 Mar 1972 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 11 Jan 1973 - VA-43 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 23 Apr 1973 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 31 Dec 1973 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      •  
      • 02 Apr 1980 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 12 Aug 1987 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 154303 c/n 13691
      • 06 Oct 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 15 Aug 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 16 Feb 1984 - H&MS-31 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 154305 c/n 13693
      • 27 Oct 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 13 Mar 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 19 Oct 1973 - VF-101 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 154312 c/n 13700
      • 01 Dec 1972 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 21 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 06 Nov 1983 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 154315 c/n 13703
      • 08 Nov 1967 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 18 Apr 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 24 Jul 1976 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 154318 c/n 13706
      • 11 Oct 1969 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 22 Jun 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 22 Jun 1973 - VF-101 - NAS Key West, FL
      •  
      • 17 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 03 Sep 1991 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 09 Apr 1992 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 154319 c/n 13707
      • 19 Jun 1973 - H&MS-14 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 26 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 31 Jul 1987 - COMTRAWING-3 NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 154327 c/n 13715
      • 23 Jul 1973 - RVAH-3 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 29 Aug 1980 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 02 Oct 1975 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
      •  
      • 29 Aug 1980 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 13 Jul 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 154614 c/n 13732
      • 11 Jan 1972 - RVAH-3 - Convert to TA-4J
      •  
      • 06 Sep 1979 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 11 Jul 1987 - H&MS-31 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 154618 c/n 13736
      • 30 Jul 1969 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 01 Oct 1970 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 26 Jun 1975 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
    • 154648 c/n 13766
      • 29 Oct 1968 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 07 Aug 1970 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 154649 c/n 13767
      • 28 Mar 1972 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 26 Jun 1975 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
    • 154650 c/n 13768
      • 29 Oct 1968 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 16 Jul 1976 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 155072 c/n 13888
      • 01 Nov 1983 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 29 Feb 1984 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 155100 c/n 13916
      • 14 Nov 1975 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 22 Nov 1979 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 155110 c/n 13926
      • 07 Sep 1980 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 12 Jul 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 158083 c/n 14120
      • 06 Mar 1984 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 13 Jan 1993 - NASC FSDO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 158092 c/n 14129
      • 14 Nov 1975 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 23 May 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158098 c/n 14135
      • 14 Nov 1975 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 27 May 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158112 c/n 14149
      • 15 Nov 1975 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 17 Jun 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158136 c/n 14173
      • 10 Sep 1980 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 07 Feb 1985 - VF-45 - NAS Key West, FL
      • 24 Jun 1987 - VAQ-33 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 158477 c/n 14282
      • 18 Nov 1975 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 15 Mar 1984 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

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